Monthly Archives: October 2020

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Last Oct. 15, 2020, President Duterte announced the lifting of the moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). The Aquino administration imposed the moratorium in 2014 due to the harassment by Chinese coast guard vessels of Philippine commissioned ships undertaking seismic surveys in the Reed Bank. Forum Energy, which was […]

Stupid miscalculation leads to war

A few days ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the Chinese Armed Forces to prepare for war with all their minds and energy. This happened during a visit to the military base in the southern province of Guangdong. During an inspection tour of the People’s Liberation Army Marine Corps in Chaozhu City, state news […]

Oil And Gas Development In West Philippine Sea And South China Sea Conflict – Analysis

After six years since 2014, the President Rodrigo R. Duterte finally lifted the moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), a unilateral action that Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi described as an exercise of sovereign rights of the Philippine government in accordance with existing international laws, particularly the United Nations Convention […]

South China Sea region can’t be pushed by Washington’s military whims

Indonesia has rejected the US proposal to allow its P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance planes to land and refuel in the country, according to a Reuters report. This exclusive report is based on information from four senior Indonesian officials familiar with the matter. “We don’t want to be duped into an anti-China campaign,” former Indonesian ambassador […]

Fishers slam lifting of exploration ban in WPS

A group of fishers lambasted President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent move to lift the exploration ban in the disputed West Philippine Sea. The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said on Sunday that pursuing the joint exploration with China “abandons” the 2016 ruling of an international tribunal in The Hague invalidating China’s claim on […]

China places new missiles on the border as fears Beijing is ‘stepping up war preparations’

  CHINA is building its military forces on its southeast coast in preparations for a possible invasion of Taiwan, military analysts have said. The People’s Liberation Army has been upgrading its missile bases on the coast that faces the island nation of Taiwan. A China-based military source said the country had deployed its advanced hypersonic […]

Peace hopes up in flight disputes

  The South China Sea has long been a major field of contention between the United States and China, with the US actively challenging China’s claim to sovereignty over most of the sea within a nine-dash line, and constantly sending ships and planes into the area asserting freedom of navigation in what it considers international […]